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First Pit Bull Adopted After Policy Change At Metro Animal Control

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The first pit bull was adopted from Metro Animal Care and Control over the weekend, after they lifted a so-called breed ban.

Beginning immediately, all animals entering the shelter will be considered for adoption based on behavior and health and no longer based on breed, according to a press release from MACC Tuesday.

The policy change allowed for the first pit bull, named Hope, to be placed in adoption on November 9.

"We are proud to say that from this day forward all animals entering the shelter will be considered for adoption," said Spencer Hissam, Interim Director of Metro Animal Care and Control. "Hope is only the first of many amazing pit bulls that will now have a chance of finding a forever home."

In August, MACC staff attended American Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Safety Assessment for Evaluating Rehoming (SAFER) Training and have been training with animals in the shelter to earn certification.

Three staff members became ASPCA SAFER certified, which now allows MACC to begin behavioral assessments on all adult dogs that enter the shelter. Those behavioral assessments will help MACC make the best matches possible and find more animals homes.

Seven additional staff members are awaiting certification and are expected to complete in early 2014.

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